Here are all the best thyme recipes to make with this tasty fresh herb! There’s almost nothing that a sprig doesn’t make better.
Got thyme and not sure how to use it? Thyme is a versatile herb with an earthy flavor. You’ll find it in many major world cuisines, including Mediterranean, French, Middle Eastern, and Italian. Thyme can be used fresh or dried, and works well in soups, roasted vegetables, pasta, sauces, pizzas and more! We love garnishing a recipe with a few sprigs of thyme: it looks lovely and adds a fresh herbaceous flavor.
Here are all the best thyme recipes to use this incredible herb! Start with roasted potatoes, one of the most classic pairings with fresh thyme. Then branch out to salmon, pizza, and roasted vegetables…let’s get started!
First up in our thyme recipes: what's better than a crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside potato showered with fresh thyme? These oven roasted potatoes are baked until crispy with garlic powder, then sprinkled with fresh herbs. It’s easy and you barely need to think about it. Add the thyme after baking for peak fresh flavor. You can also use lemon thyme for a lemony zing.
Thyme and carrots go hand in hand, and they're at their best in this sauteed carrots recipe! Perhaps sauteed carrots doesn’t sound like it could be mind blowing. But these really are the perfect sauteed carrots! These are the most tender, buttery, savory, coins, with a hint of herbaceous fresh thyme. They taste like the best carrots you’ve ever had: but they only have 3 ingredients and take 10 minutes.
Did you know you can make herbal tea using fresh thyme? This thyme recipe is the best trick for the summer when fresh herbs are crowding your garden or pots on your steps. It’s restorative, delicious, and takes just 5 minutes to steep into a flavorful tea. When Alex and I tried this for the first time, we were astounded by the flavor. Thyme tea tastes herby, fragrant and satisfying. It’s a fun way to make DIY tea, and makes drinking water much more exciting.
Hold on to your hats. The thyme recipe truly makes the best sauteed mushrooms. They’re tender, juicy, and meaty with a brightness at the finish. Fresh thyme and oregano give an herby punch. Take one bite and you’ll exclaim “Wow!” (Yep, we promise. We did.) This recipe is plant based with not a lick of meat or dairy, but it has the feel of taking a satisfying bite of meat. It also takes only 10 minutes to make. Your side dish game will never be the same.
This lemon thyme sauce is full of tangy, garlicky and herbacous flavor that makes anything taste infinitely better! This recipe goes with our Pan Seared Scallops, but it could work with any fish like salmon, shrimp or cod. You are going to want to bathe in this sauce…promise.
There are recipes that taste good…and then there are recipes that taste amazing. And sometimes, that amazing flavor doesn’t take much effort at all. Such is the case with this mushroom pasta with goat cheese and thyme! It pairs savory mushrooms with bright lemon, creamy goat cheese, and fresh thyme and oregano. And it’s done in less than 30 minutes. Boom!
Here's a thyme recipe that features dried thyme instead of Italian seasoning. There are so many foods that are made more perfect with Italian seasoning, a blend of Mediterranean herbs. It’s a mix of 5 herbs and comes together in minutes. It’s a great way to use up odds and ends from your spice collection, and it makes lovely DIY gifts too. Use it to season fish and veggies, or simply sprinkle on olive oil and use as a dip for bread.
Want a uniquely impressive thyme recipe? Try roasted onions with fresh thyme! Roasting onions in a hot oven mellows their flavor until its deeply caramelized and sweet. Pair that with a hint of balsamic vinegar and herbaceous fresh thyme, and…just wow! Those simple flavors make an effortless side dish that goes with almost anything.
Looking for an easy healthy dinner recipe starring fresh thyme? The baked salmon is infused with lemon and thyme and cooked until it’s perfectly moist. Then drizzle over a silky lemon caper sauce. Just a small drizzle packs a huge punch — and the modest quantity keeps it healthy. Here’s how to make this tasty salmon recipe, which comes together in 30 minutes.
These tender herby baked eggs are a delightful egg recipe, perfect for breakfast or brunch! They're flavored with fresh thyme and Parmesan cheese, making an elegant and irresistible flavor. The key is removing the eggs from the oven when the whites are just set, but the yolk is still runny. It’s quite the treat!
A few more ideas with dried thyme…
Want more ideas for using dried thyme? Here are a few ideas:
When it’s summer, one of the best things you can do for your cooking is to grow fresh thyme! All you need is a few pots and a sunny ledge. Fresh herbs are incredible for your cooking, and you can use them to make herbal teas or even just sprinkle into olive oil as a dip.
Wash the potatoes, then slice them in half (for baby potatoes) or dice them into 1/2-inch cubes.
In a large bowl, stir together potatoes, olive oil, garlic powder, kosher salt, and several grinds of fresh ground black pepper.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the potatoes in an even layer on the sheet cut and make sure they are side down. Roast for about 30 to 35 minutes without stirring until browned, depending on the size of the pieces. (To step up these potatoes, remove from the oven at 15 minutes and toss with ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese.)
Remove the potatoes from the oven and toss with the fresh thyme. For a more forward garlic flavor, grate the fresh garlic onto the pan with another drizzle of olive oil and use a spoon to gently toss it all together (separating any grated garlic that clumps together). You can also spritz with lemon wedges for a tangy flavor.